The traditional town centre where the chain stores and restaurants are based is on or around the Parade. The centre then extends across the river down Bath Street and Clemens Street into what is known as Old Town. Smaller, more diverse shops and businesses operate here.
Leamington is known for its wide range of independent retailers, boutiques, salons and cafes which sit side by side with large national retailers. We also have traditional markets, small local shopping areas, a thriving night time economy, an expanding creative industry and a Business Improvement District.
Competition is coming increasingly from out of town retail parks although Leamington, boosted by its independent and creative sectors, has proved fairly resilient so far. The number of coffee shops has grown rapidly over the last two years and we have welcomed Tiger, Oliver Bonas and Hotel Chocolat. The scope for large stores in town is limited by its architecture and accessibility as demonstrated by the old Co-op building which had been empty for several years before planning permission was gained to alter the layout and usages.
Here we will be looking at:
- Safeguarding key employment sites
- Retention of existing range of shops and services
- Uses of vacant units
- Support for start-ups and SME’s
- Accessibility and expansion possibilities
- Appropriate changes of use
- Flexibility within shopfronts
- Parking provision
Chamber of Trade
British Asian Business & Professionals Association
Leamington Old Town Team
Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
Federation of Small Businesses – Warwick and Leamington branch